Updated: Sep 17, 2019
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet," - Helen Keller.
What makes a person decide to run for office? And more specifically, what led me to the day I made that decision?
Over the course of the next two months, you’ll hear a lot from me about where I stand on the issues, how my background and experience have shaped those positions, and why I’m hoping you’ll join me in the effort to bring new leadership to the city of Shawnee. But before we get there, I thought you should know a little bit about me.
I’m not the overly-polished, always vanilla, never take a position or say anything that might be controversial politician. I have opinions, which I will passionately defend – because I believe that the ability to disagree without being disagreeable is far too scarce these days. And further, I believe that if I’m asking you to trust in me to lead your city forward, I darn well ought to tell you what I want to do. In specifics, not vague platitudes.
I’m a fighter. This was borne through a lifetime of overcoming adversity. I lost my father to a heart attack when I was four. I lost my home to a tornado when I was nine. And along the way, our family often struggled to make ends meet while my high school educated mother worked as a grocery store sacker and retail door greeter. I put myself through college – the first in my immediate family – by a combination of scholarships, grants, student loans, and as much part time work as my schedule could bear. Nothing was given to me. And just as our city is being consistently overlooked, so was I. Because of that, I know what it takes to change that trajectory, and I’m ready to do the work.
Yes, I’m the candidate who wears big necklaces, red lipstick, and leopard print. But I’m also the candidate who is unafraid to confront the challenges facing our city and stand up to the bullies and critics who want to hold us back – and who have consistently had the ear of my opponent.
If you’re looking for the status quo, I’m not your candidate. If you’re looking for someone who will sit on the fence and refuse to lead while the city suffers, I am not your candidate. But if you’re looking for the person who counts success in terms of tangible results, not a laundry list of meetings attended without meaningful contribution, I’d love for you to join me.
Join me to say that Shawnee deserves better. Join me to say that we have an amazing story to tell, and we should never be afraid to compete against other cities. Join me to say that a candidate, like me, who receives much of her funding from individual donors and residents, rather than from a small handful of large and special-interest donors who have given tens of thousands of dollars to people like Sam Brownback and Kris Kobach, should be the one trusted with leading our city and speaking for you. And join me to say that the critics, who hide behind their keyboards while never offering a solution, have had their moment.
Tomorrow can be a new day for Shawnee. But those who want to stop us are feeling empowered by too many years of access and accommodation from the incumbent. It’s going to take a fight (the attacks have already begun from her entrenched supporters), but the cause is a worthy one – the future of our great city.
So…are you in?